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TQ Harris and Simeon Freeman.
- Nat Nyuan Bayjay FPA
Monrovia - Simeon Freeman and Thomas Quilen Harris, Jr-the latter who is just known as TQ Harris-have been involved with what they termed as ‘comparing notes’.
The both men have expressed their respective interests in bidding for the highest political seat in the country during next October’s presidential election.
Presidential contenders TQ Harris and Simeon Freeman.
Freeman, one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, is the Standard Bearer of the newly certified Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) while Harris’ presidential intention has been known during the past elections and has returned again to the country to further press in achieving his presidential dream.
The pair met Wednesday at the MPC’s Headquarters in Fiamah, Sinkor and were locked up in over an hour and a half of discussions.
“Mr. Freeman and I been accessing our visions for this country and we have found a lot of commonalities in our respective visions”, Harris told FrontPage when asked on the nature of what seemed like an impromptu meeting.
Harris, in his 50’s, added: “Our problem here in Liberia has been leadership. Leadership is about how you approach it. But basically, we have been comparing notes.”
For Freeman, the level of commonalities stretched to the extent that only very minor differences could be traced in their respective visions for the wounded Liberian nation: “Our points of differences are just minor.”
Wednesday’s meeting between the businessman-turned politician and his possible political partner who basically resides in the United States is just one of several meetings that the political scene has been witnessing in recent months.
Nearing the political battles which come up in the next few months, there have been talks of mergers and possible mergers mainly among members of the opposition blocks who have the herculean task of democratically ousting the incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who seems to be poised to maintain a double in the wake of what many have repeatedly termed as weak opposition.
But of paramount concerns have been which role the highly-ambitious politicians will take relative to the presidential and vice presidential slots.
For Freeman, the meeting which he termed as an acquaintance meeting between the pair did not concern itself on which comes first: “It is just about which comes first; whether it is the chicken or the egg. But you could call this an acquaintance visit.”
He sees it as a part of Harris’ anxiety to meet and discuss with several members of the opposition block: “Mr. Harris has been touching bases with members of the opposition which is good. I think this is something that the media needs because it has been calling for members of the opposition to talk with each other.”